Wednesday, July 20, 2011

New Lakme Lip Love Conditioner -Info

Try the new Lip Love Conditioner for smooth-to-touch lips and a super glossy color. It’s a gel-based lip softener that promises to pamper your pout with color and moisture. Lip Love Conditioner contains Shea butter and Jojoba oil to hydrate your lips while the SPF 12 protects your lips from the sun.

Lip Love Conditioner is extremely light-weight and is loaded with the goodness of Shea butter; Jojoba oil and high shine polymers.

Priced at Rs.225/-

Available in 4 shades

Available at leading lifestyle stores

So go ahead and be a hottie, flirt, charmer or a siren this season with your own Lip Love Conditioner!

Lakmé Lever Launches; ‘Lakmé Ivana’ First Unisex Salon

Lakmé Lever announces the launch of its first salon for Him & Her, Lakmé Ivana at Green Park in New Delhi. Lakmé Salons have been offering expert hair and skin care to women for several decades and now they have taken this experience and developed an offering that caters to men as well. After a successful run in the beauty service segment with Lakmé Studio and Salons , Lakmé Lever is now taking a leap with Lakmé Ivana to provide excellent grooming, skin and hair care services to both, men and women.

Lakmé Ivana will provide premium services to men and women alike at the hands of its specially trained experts. Available at the salon will be specialist hair styling services, besides other treatments like facials, manicures and pedicures. Highlights from the menu, for Him & Her, include, exclusive organic facials using the internationally acclaimed Eminence products, styling services using the Tigi Catwalk range and rejuvenating hand & foot spas. Setting a trend in the online space, Lakmé Ivana will also take appointments on Facebook through its fan page:

Speaking on the initiative Anil Chopra, CEO Lakmé Lever says, “We are excited to be venturing into this space for the first time. Lakmé has always been a pioneer in the field of Indian beauty services for women leading the industry with a large chain of 150 beauty salons across the country. With this venture we welcome men also, to experience the expertise that we provide. Men are becoming more and more conscious about their appearance and the benefits of skin and hair care. At Lakmé Salon we have been offering expert services to women and in order to be able to extend these services to men, we have launched our first salon for Him & Her, Lakmé Ivana. All services at the salon have been developed keeping in mind the needs of both, male and female customers.”

At Lakmé Ivana, his and her, beauty & grooming needs will be handled by a team of expert stylists and skin consultants. The team of hair designers has been trained by TIGI’s internationally certified trainers, ensuring customers are given a treatment and style that is not only fashionable, but tailored just for them. Lakmé Ivana is the destination where both men and women can find inspiration for their next look.


About Lakmé Lever

Lakmé Lever Pvt. Ltd (Lakmé Lever) is dedicated to the contemporary Indian woman’s exploration of the fine art of beauty. It operates India’s first and leading chain of Lakmé Studios and Salons that offer expert services in Hairstyling, Skin and Beauty care. The studios and salons offer a differentiated experience, delighting women by the expertise of their professionally trained hair designers, hair artists, skin experts and consultants, and now to men also

Lakmé Lever also operates Lakmé Academies in partnership with Pivot Point, USA, world leader in ‘beauty education’. Combining international cosmetics, hair and skin care technology with an in-depth understanding of the Indian woman’s needs, Lakmé Studios and Salons offer their customers a holistic ‘Beauty Sutra’ experience.

Lakmé Lever has a presence of 150 Lakmé Salons at premium locations in 34 cities.

Saturday, July 9, 2011

A thank you and sorry Giveaway!!

Hello Beautiful Ladies,


I am sorry I had to pull down the previous giveaway,,,, due to some misconceptions but here's my next giveaway. :)

I need not introduce Sigma brushes to you ladies, need I?

This is a sponsored giveaway by Sigma,and Sigma is giving away a F80 flat to kabuki brush the winner will be chosen through and the gift will be sent to the winner directly by Sigma.

I haven't used it myself, I will be reviewing it once I get back home. :) I'm sure you must have read great reviews about it on other beauty blogs. :)

The rules of the giveaway:

It's an international giveaway ( Sigma sends the brush directly to the winner)

Follow my blog through Google Friend Connect, publicly. ( 5 points)

Tweet about my giveaway ( 2 points)

If you have a blog you can add it on your side bar OR if you do not have a blog you can spread a word over facebook (3 points)

Lastly, comment below stating your GFC, email id, twitter handle and facebook ID ( share the links for both the updates),and your blog URL ( if you put it up on your blog).

This giveaway closes on the 5th of August.

All the best ladies!!! :)

Lakmé announces Manish Malhotra as the Grand Finale Designer for Lakmé Fashion Week, Winter/ Festive 2011

Lakmé, the contemporary Indian beauty expert, has announced iconic fashion designer Manish Malhotra as the Grand Finale Designer for Lakmé Fashion Week Winter/ Festive 2011, scheduled from August 16 - 21 in Mumbai. Manish Malhotra is the first Lakmé Grand Finale designer who showcased his Shimmer Shine Sparkle collection way back in 1999 and presented the Free Spirit Collection in 2007. This year, he is poised to bring to life the high performance long-wear makeup range, Lakmé ABSOLUTE. This will be the third time where he will be showcasing his collection at the Lakmé Grand Finale.

In the 12th year of Lakmé Fashion Week, India‘s largest selling make up brand takes a significant leap with the launch of Lakmé ABSOLUTE- high performance long-wear makeup line. The world class products, which last up to 16 hours, are backed with skin care benefits and functional expertise. Designed by Lakmé Make-up Experts and co-created with Manish Malhotra, Lakmé ABSOLUTE offers the best in long-wear benefits coupled with do-good skin care properties enabling the contemporary Indian woman to be magical everyday of her life.
Revolutionizing costume design and introducing the concept of styling in Bollywood films has made Manish one of the most recognized names in the fashion industry globally. Synonymous with contemporary Indian wear, he is known to create glamorous ensembles with Indian color and, textures combined with international fashion sensibilities.

Excited about showcasing his collection at the Lakmé Grand Finale, Manish Malhotra said, “My association with Lakmé began more than a decade ago with the first Lakmé Grand Finale show and it has only strengthened over the years. I’m very excited to once again present my new collection at the Grand Finale this season. My winter festive collection would showcase contemporary Indian evening wear garments. Lakmé ABSOLUTE is inspired by the contemporary Indian woman who effortlessly plays myriad set of roles across her personal and professional life. Akin to my style, the collection adapts contemporary fashion to the needs of the Indian woman.”
On the association, Farida Kaliyadan, General Manager, Lakmé said, “Manish is one of the most sought after designers and a name to reckon with in the fashion industry. He represents the perfect blend of International sensibilities with an Indian soul clearly making him the best choice for the Lakmé Grand Finale and Lakmé ABSOLUTE. It’s great to see the return of a Mumbai designer who best represents the ethos of this collection. The range is designed for the modern Indian woman of today who leads an international life with a soul that is Indian at the core.”

The Lakmé Grand Finale, this season, promises to be dynamic and riveting as it unites the best in beauty and fashion.

About Lakmé:

Contemporary Indian beauty expert Lakmé continuously innovates to offer a wide range of, high performance and world class color cosmetics, skincare products, and beauty salons. In addition to leveraging Unilever’s worldwide expertise, Lakmé also partners with the leading cosmetic house Milan-based Intercos Italia, Schwann Stabilo Germany and Paris-based Fiabila. Combining international cosmetic technology with an in-depth understanding of the Indian woman’s needs, Lakmé also offers its consumers a comprehensive beauty experience through its products and services at the Lakmé Salons and Studios. For further information log on to www.lakmé

About Lakmé Fashion Week:

Lakmé Fashion Week (LFW) is jointly organized by Lakmé, the No.1 cosmetics and beauty services brand in India and IMG, the global leader in fashion weeks and event production. LFW has been conceived and created with a vision to “Redefine the future of fashion and Integrate India into the global fashion world”. LFW is organized twice every year. LFW Winter/Festive 2011 will be held from August 16 to August 21, 2011 at Grand Hyatt Hotel, Mumbai. For further information log on to

Thursday, June 30, 2011

Travelling, Exams, some more updates!!

Hello my beautiful readers,

Before anything else I need to APOLOGIZE, I know I have been playing up since the past 3 months now, but things just ain’t in my control……….

Firstly, my migration, then settling down and then my exams, everything has been sooo crazy and I have been in a shuttle cock amidst all this, I mean there isn’t anything which I could miss out or take lightly..  and the consequences, my blog suffers.

I mean I was due for updating the blog with a new domain and template, which was almost done, but at the last minute, luck showed up, I had to hurry back for my exams, I do not have proper internet connection now, till 24th july ( that’s when the exams end).

I cross my heart when I say I miss you all and ofcourse my blog. I need to be in a good frame of mind to update my blog, since I cannot write just for the sakes of it. 

I am wishing that things get back to normal soon, and I get off this roller coaster ride.  I have been pining to write and have a normal routine.

Last but not the least I thank all my subscribers and followers for the support they have shown, I continue to receive mails and requests from you all which seriously means a lot. I also thank all PR’s for supporting me and bearing up with me, I have your products with me and I will be reviewing them soon.  I really really need to thank you guys!! 

I will be back soon, say by August 1st week, I will keep updating the blog as and when I find time.

Thank You and love you all.!!!

Pomegranate and Plum Skin Polisher from Lotus Herbals

Hello Ladies,

Lotus Herbals has introduced Pomegranate & Plum Energizing Skin Polisher that ensures smooth, flawless and younger skin . Enriched with active ingredients such as pomegranate, which has skin renewal properties that help increase collagen and plum that infuses powerful anti oxidants into the skin,this skin polisher ensures that your skin remains soft and supple. Suitable for all skin types, its deep detoxification re-energizes the skin, reduces fine lines and offers wrinkle protection.

If you are looking for a gentler way to scrub your skin and get that youthful appearance, look no further! Lotus Herbals has introduced Pomegranate & Plum Energizing Skin Polisher that ensures smooth, flawless and younger skin. This innovative skin polisher protects from pollution, dust and exposure to the harsh rays of the sun and helps in restoring the natural glow of the skin.

Lotus Herbals Pomegranate & Plum Energizing Skin Polisher is enriched with active ingredients such as pomegranate, which has skin renewal properties that help increase collagen and plum that infuses powerful anti oxidants into the skin, making it soft and supple. It contains ultra fine granules that are non-abrasive and gently rejuvenate the skin by removing dead skin cells. This skin polisher therapeutically exfoliates and cleanses the skin of toxins and other impurities while protecting against environmental pollutants. Suitable for all skin types, its deep detoxification re-energizes the skin, reduces fine lines and offers wrinkle protection. Now regenerate your skin to a new level of vitality for a more youthful, healthy and radiant appearance, all day long.

Lotus Herbals Pomegranate & Plum Energizing Skin Polisher is attractively priced at Rs 155 for 50gms and Rs 245 for 100 gms and is available at leading beauty and departmental stores across the country.

Now add a breath of fresh air to dull, tired skin by making this luxurious skin polisher a part of your skin care regime!

Lotus Herbals launches-Lotus Herbals PURE RADIANCE™ Foundation

Lotus Herbals introduces PURE RADIANCE™
Matte-Glow Daily Foundation with SPF – 20

Lotus Herbals has introduced a new range of liquid foundations PURE RADIANCE™ with SPF 20 under its Cosmetics Ecologique make up range.
Lotus Herbals PURE RADIANCE™ foundation is natural and safe and is perfect for daily use.

Lotus Herbals PURE RADIANCE™ foundation is enriched with botanical extracts of Jojoba, Soy Lecithin & Grape seeds. It is oil-free and water based and gives full coverage to the face that helps in hiding any imperfections. This feather feel foundation also gives a smooth satiny texture to your skin. This innovative foundation has SPF 20 that gives complete sun protection, making it the ideal foundation for both day and night usage.

Lotus Herbals PURE RADIANCE™ foundation comes in 3 exciting shades of fresh ivory, soft beige and caramel. These shades are also available with “Light Reflection” texture that makes your skin look clearer and brighter, leaving it with a light shimmery glow. Priced attractively at Rs.175/-, it is available at select premium beauty and department stores across the country.

So choose a shade to find a “Brighter You” everyday with Lotus Herbals PURE RADIANCE™Foundation.

Saturday, May 28, 2011


Forest Essential is proud to introduce their patent beauty product, Sanjeevani Beauty Elixir, a fabulous day cream which has the properties that reduces blemishes & pigmentation, it clarifies skin tone and has anti aging properties.

Sanjeevani Beauty Elixir (For Day):25 ml:Rs 2475

Sanjeevani Booti is a lithophytic plant, which means "One that infuses life". In Hindu mythology, Sanjaveeni is a magical herb which has a power to cure any malady. Lord Hanuman carried the whole mountain with Sanjeevani growing to save Lord Laxmana's life when he was hurt by Indrajit. At Forest Essentials the research physicians has taken an old age formula to refine and texturize into a silken elixir to drench the skin with moisture and leave the lightest veil of hydrating protection from UV and environmental pollution. All the ingredients are sourced from Ayurvedic texts and are 100% natural. The formulation is an enriched version of natural sebum, which instantly penetrates and plumps the skin. Sebum is natural oil, secreted by the sebaceous glands in skin that lubricate and protect the skin.

Forest Essential has put together a beauty regime with Sangeevani Beauty Elixir and Soundarya Serum. The term and the concept of Sanjeevani and Soundarya has been derived from the Hindu Mythology.

Soundarya Advanced Age-Defying Facial Serum with 24 karat gold (For Night):25 ml:Rs 2195

Soundarya is derived from Goddess Laxmi's radiance ritual. She used to use Gold Bhasm to make her skin glow. In Ayurveda precious metals have unique benefits when absorbed into the body. The most precious, Gold, not only vitalizes the tissues but refines the texture of the skin to look like ‘Silken Honey’ when referred to Goddess Lakshmi’s skin who reportedly only used pure gold in her skin preparations. This unique Ayurvedic recipe visibly diminishes signs of ageing , as it eliminates fine lines and restores firmness. This potent serum increases the production of collagen ,dramatically improves elasticity , leaving the skin radiant with a satin texture. An advanced formulation which intensifies the nutrient properties of the Soundarya serum which plumps and retains moisture in all seven layers of the skin. This precious Serum contains pure 24 karat gold.

Soundarya Serum eliminates fine lines, gives satin texture and restores firmness.

The products are available at :








New Delhi

Monday, May 23, 2011

He grows a year WISER!!!!! and co-incidentally my 100th post!!

Well, thinking what you just read, well, this is how I put it..I certainly feel that women grow older with each passing birthday…( I mean this is how the world puts it)whereas men grow wiser and smarter…(WOMEN ARE BORN WISE N SMART). 

No, ask your Mum…!!! She will agree… 

Today is HIS birthday…need I say more…. 

I am sitting here, seven seas across him…and what could I do in this new new city…..ahhhhhh…..I just got something very cute to celebrate it……… I need to celebrate right!! I bought these little ones…..I mean they made me happy at the first sight…

Love is blind you see……these cupcakes aint costly and made from some well known pastry cream and all..but they are LOVELY…aint they??

Well, here’s wishing my life a superb year ahead…and loads of love and success and health….

I love you and always will!!!

I almost uploaded the post when I realised its my 100th post.....:)

Look whos back, back again!!

Hello lovely ladies,

I am overwhelmed, and happy, and YES , I’m BACK!!!! 

Been a long, right? Ah I surely missed my blog and the beautiful people who make my blog special…… 

Ohk to start with, not many of you all know that I have migrated from India to Dubai. I’m happy and sad both, I miss India and I miss my “BOO” (well, most of you must’ve got it what I mean), I’m missing HIM to bits, but YES we are sorting things out… 

So this is my come back post and I promise to make my blog more exciting and a big big “reading treat” for you all..

So tell me what do you want me to start with? Reviews? Looks? Gossip? Or anything else?

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Off for a while

Lovely ladies ..

As many of you know I will be off blogging for some days…..errrrr..I know its gonna be a real tough call for me, since I have soo many incomplete things to do and plus I will miss you, but sometimes, TIME doesn’t give you TIME.

I knew this was going to happen but then was uncertain on when it would actually happen.

I will miss you guys definitely….and I hope to catch up with you all soon..

Wish me luck since it will be brand new chapter in my life…. 

Monday, April 11, 2011

A colorful and random day- NOTD

A colorful random day! - NOTDI was completely vain on Friday, I had soooooooooo much to do but I still felt like letting things pass by … 

This sometimes happens to me,,, I mean like twice every week, I feel like sitting back and watching the world rush… 

But then I wanted something to remind me of the beautiful colors life has… and of course, I saw my friend Sonal’s video the other day where she magically did a beautiful nail art, I am not a nail art person I do not hold patience to try things and my nail paint never dries flawlessly, but randomness can get me anywhere anytime. 

I tried to what Sonal did in her video, but failed miserably, but at the end I was happy with what I saw, I mean I felt happy…… I saw some random colorful patterns on my nails, bright and colorful and my random day was made.. heheheehehehe!!!! So I thought I should share it with you guys, you can laugh your heart out …and even post me pictures of your nail that I can put it up here, on my blog and also learn something from it… 

Here are the pictures!!

Sonal I am sorry I couldn't do it as perfect as you did..but I will keep trying...

AND I told you people that I just can't let my nail paint dry harmoniously .. :( see the little finger... I messed it.. :(

I know I have funny nails and funny fingers.... :P Ignore them...and let me know how you liked the random nail art?

Please visit SOnal's channel.... HERE, she has some amazing stuff in store!!

Friday, April 8, 2011

And the giveaway goes too......

Hello Ladies,

First of all I really wanna thank all of you!!! 

Holding a giveaway for you all was an immense pleasure… 

I have slogged the whole day to figure out the winner, and I am pleased to announce ………….



DIPTI please mail me your postal address ASAP, I will be couriering your prize tomorrow and will give the courier details. 
I know many of you will un-follow me and have issues, but then its fine…we’ll have more giveaways for every one….it’s all luck and!!!

Thank You for participating everyone…..Sorry if you didn't win this time, there's always a next time....

You made my giveaway worthwhile..

Thursday, April 7, 2011

Lakme Fantasy Collection Shadow Artist Shimmer Stick- Review!

I have been using the Shadow Artist Shimmer Sticks for around 2 weeks now, like every day.  So finally sat back to jot down my views on the gorgeous chubby things. 

Product claim:

Let your eyes share magical moments with light beams. Creamy color pencils laced with super fine glitter, reflect light and bring a mesmerizing sparkle to your eyes. Edge, smudge, line, shadow, color or blend. Keep the mystery alive.

Price and quantity:

350 INR for 1.14 g


Easily available at your nearest Lakme counters and beauty centers.

Shades available in:

Astral Blue
Starry night
Glimmer green
Moon beam

About the product:

As soon as I saw them, I instantly correlated them with the NYX jumbo eye pencils, may be because of their similar appearance and shape. I also think Lakme is the first Indian brand to have such chubby beauties.  I received the Glimmer green and Astral blue shades from the 4 listed above.  I was elated because I have been wanting to pick Siahi since ages and also wanted a nice green eye pencil for the summers. 

On first thoughts, the Shadow Artist Shimmer Sticks are creamy and very well pigmented eye pencils, however I have mixed reviews on them.

The Shadow Artist Shimmer Stick in Astral Blue is a very close dupe for Siahi, it’s a ,ate deep inky blue shade which doesn’t really have a lot of glitter and shimmer, It glides on like a dream on the eyes, whereas the Glimmer green is a nice bright summer green with a little sheen and some healthy shimmer. 

How do the Shadow Artist Shimmer Sticks look?

Thick, chubby and cute.  Indian version of the NYX jumbo pencils. Pretty packaging.

Here are the swatches for both:

How do I wear the Shadow Artist Shimmer Sticks:

I love to put on a thick line of the Shadow Artist Shimmer Sticks on the lids, and have another thin contrasting liner on them, like a brown or a black one with blue and a blue or pink liner with the green.

I wear the Astral blue on my waterline; I love how it looks there. 

I have a thick line of the sticks on my lid and smudge them and blend it with a corresponding or contrasting eyeshadows.

I wear them as eyeshadow bases. 

Reasons to like the Shadow Artist Shimmer Sticks:

The Shadow Artist Shimmer Sticks are priced decently.

They are darn creamy.

The pigmentation is nice!!

Awesome colors.

Super easy to use.

An almost exact dupe for Siahi

Easier to blend and line on, doesn’t really tug or tow.

Easily available

Although they are creamy and soft the point doesn’t break or something like that even when I sharpened them, some eye liners also tend to break whilst application.

They are waterproof; I had to literally use soap to get them off.  Otherwise you need a nice make up remover or olive oil to get them off.

Multipurpose, Lives up to the claim of edge, smudge, line, shadow, color or blend. 
They didn’t melt or smudge on my waterline.

They did not irritate my waterline.  I have a super sensitive waterline; even the Drama gel or plain kohl irritates my waterline at times.

You will love to carry them around, since they are cute plus they are the best handy emergency eyeshadows too.

Reasons to dislike the Shadow Artist Shimmer Sticks:

My mum has oily skin, and these pencils melted on her lids, they smudged very badly on her eyes. 

They do crease; you must like MUST have a good base or primer if you want to avoid this.

They smell like natraj pencils. 

Sharpening can be an issue.  Rather finding the right sharpener for them can be an issue.


For now I am happy with these two shades, I recommend it to ladies who looking for Siahi dupes or want to have NYX jumbo eye pencils. I agree they crease but if used with a nice base or primer this can be totally avoided. 


I will be posting some EOTD's soon!!

So did you like them enough to try? If yes which shades are you picking?

Disclaimer: This product was sent by the PR

Cocoa & Milk Fresh Face Masque by Iraya- Review!

I mentioned a few days back that I won some Iraya goodies from, HERE.

I received a face wash, soap and a fresh face masque from Iraya.  Yeyyy!!!
Summers and face masques go hand in hand for me, I have a combination skin and I need to control my skin oils and nothing other than face packs can do it.  Moreover when the face packs are made from cocoa and milk who can resist? :P

Today I am reviewing the cocoa & milk fresh face masque, the sound of cocoa & milk makes me excited. 

I never came across Iraya unless I got to know it from Girly. Iraya eas set up somewhere in the 1980’s and ever since then it has developed and formulated numerous beauty and health products. The best all the products are 100% natural and herbal.

Iraya has 4 ranges of products.

Iraya Ayurveda
Iraya Botanicals
Iraya Bath & Shower
Iraya Spa at home

Iraya is soon launching 2 more ranges of products Iraya Fresh and Iraya Skinceuticals

Product Claim:

Fresh flowers, fruit juices, vegetables and herbs, blended with absorbent clays for deep cleansing, toning and rejuvenating the skin.


0.050 gms for 90 INR


Cocoa bean, Milk, hazel nut



G7 Mall, Versova
Hyatt Regency (Club Prana)
Grand Hyatt (Club Oasis)
J.W. Marriott (Quan Spa)
Westin Mumbai (HeavenlySpa )
Radisson, Alibaug (Mandara Spa)

New Delhi

Shangri - la (Health Club)
The Leela, Gurgaon (Lavanya Spa)
Westin Sohna, Gurgaon (Heavenly Spa)
Hyatt Regency


Park Hyatt (Sereno Spa)
The Zuri Varca (Maya Spa)
Goa Marriott (Blu Spa)


Radisson GRT (Bodhi Spa)
Courtyard by Marriott (Health Club)


Fort Raichak (Anaya Spa)
Aikya Spa


Westin Mindspace (Heavenly Spa)
Marriott Hyderabad (Health Club)


Jai Mahal Palace (The Spa at Jai Mahal)


Westin Pune (Heavenly Spa)
Hyatt Regency
Pune Marriott Hotel & Convection Centre


The Zuri (Maya Spa)


The Gateway Hotel


Taj Residency

About the Cocoa & Milk Fresh Face Masque by Iraya:

The Cocoa & Milk fresh face masque reached me on the 1st of April I guess and it had to be used by the 6th, I used it for 4 times and wished I could last with me for a lifetime.  Which women on earth would hate a chocolate smelling soothing face masque? 

At first glance it seemed like chocolate mousse to me, thick and brown. 
It is one of the best face masques I have come across till date, which is so mild, so soothing and smells so yummmlicious.

Reasons to love the Cocoa & Milk Fresh Face Masque by Iraya:

I find it affordable, as in 50 gms for 90 INR not a bad deal right?

The quantity at the price is great, I mean I used it for 4 times and my Mom used it once.

The fragrance of the face masque is to die for; you actually feel that you are applying chocolate. :P

The ingredients, cocoa bean is great for the skin, it smoothen the skin making it hydrated. Milk has multiple beauty benefits, it’s a great moisturizer, cleanser, provides radiance, has bleaching agents, and also evens out the complexion whereas hazelnut has skin tightening properties, and also acts as a great toner. What more do you want for a chocolicious smelling face pack?

It lived up to its claims. Made my skin smooth and supple and this feeling stayed for a couple of a days. 

My skin had a nice healthy glow after using this face masque. 

Didn’t break me out, usually face masques tend to break me out making my skin super dry and stretchy. 

Didn’t dry out my skin. 

Reasons to dislike the Cocoa & Milk Fresh Face Masque by Iraya:

My mom used it too, she has super oily skin, and it dried her skin out, weird right? I have combination skin and it didn’t dry me out.

You should have a lot of time to have the Cocoa & Milk Fresh Face Masque by Iraya on, since it takes a lot of time to dry.  Total indulgence you see. 

The shelf life is too short, I mean I know that fresh face masques should be so, but I wanted it to long more and more. 

Availability is the biggest con of the Cocoa & Milk Fresh Face Masque by Iraya. They do not have the online buying option too. 


I am definitely visiting Iraya on my next Pune or Mumbai trip. I am just too curious to try out their other products. I recommend it to all the women, it’s a super yummilicious face masque. 


4/5 (-1 for availability)

You can check out Iraya's other products , HERE

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Saffron Handcrafted Soap by Earthy Goods- Review!!

Hello Ladies,

Handmade soaps have always lured me, like ALWAYS.  And using the Saffron Handcrafted Soap only increased my inclination to handmade soaps. 

I have been using the Saffron handcrafted soap for a week now, and I guess it’s the right time to review it now. 

A little about the Essential Oil handmade soaps by Earthy Goods (website):

Exquisite soaps handcrafted by women blending pure coconut oil, herbs and flower extracts. Pure, high quality coconut oil, palm oil, herbs and essential oils are mixed together and poured into a mould. The bars are then cut and cured patiently and naturally in pure fresh air in the high Himalyan hills and lush farms of Pondicherry. Each bar is made with care and NO chemicals. Our soaps are rich in TFM and glycerin so they do not leave skin dry. AND, there are 12 naturally exciting variants to pick from!

Product claim:

The royal properties of saffron are all there in this wonder bar of soap. Known to enhance natural skin fairness, pure saffron oil has been used to create this unique soap.

Price and quantity:

75 INR for 100 gms (I was sent a sample of weight 75 gms)


Coconut oil
palm oil
saffron essential oil
saffron strands

Variants to pick from:

21 herbs soap: Blend of 21 Ayurvedic herbs with pure essential oils and coconut oil

Forest honey soap: The ultimate moisturising bar made with pure honey, beeswax and coconut oil.

Cinnamon spice soap: It’s a riot of fragrances with Cinnamon, Clove, Mandarin and Tulsi Essential Oils in a pure coconut oil base.

Lemongrass scrub soap: Pure Himalayan apricot scrub, lemongrass essential oil and fine coconut oil

Lavender scrub soap: Pure Himalayan apricot scrub, lavender essential oil and fine coconut oil

Jasmine Lavender soap: Our all time favorite with the sweet seductive notes of Indian Jasmine and the soft notes of mountain lavender and pretty purple swirls!

Sandal turmeric soap: Rich golden turmeric powder with exotic sandal oil and pure coconut oil

Wild mint soap: Crushed wild mountain mint leaves, rosemary essential oil, pure coconut oil

Vanilla Patchouli soap:
A happy joyous blend of sweet vanilla and extract of patchouli flowers

Tulsi Basil soap: Pure tulsi powder and a blend of lavender, patchouli and lemon essential oils.


Comes neatly packed in a plastic cover with a nice colorful label, ignore the packaging looks what’s under it. 

About the product:

Women in the villages of Pondicherry have handcrafted this soap by blending natural oils, herbs and flower extracts. Each soap is cured naturally for weeks in fresh farm air.

A Beautifully scented soap, with 100% natural ingredients which make your normal showers a fragrant experience. 

However I did not try washing my face with it, since I never use any kind of soap on the face, it’s just a personal preference. 

Reasons to like the Saffron Handcrafted Soap by Earthy Goods:

•Affordable. 100 gms for 75 INR is not at all a bad deal. 

•The packaging is good, nothing over done neither under done, I like my soaps simply packed. 

•The fragrance is quiet soothing; I mean it has saffron so has to smell Yumm!

•The soap is very mild.

•The ingredients are surely aint worth a miss.  Has the goodness of coconut oil and saffron essential oil. Coconut oil is considered as a best natural moisturizer while saffron essential oil proffers radiance and glow to the skin. Lye acts as a cleanser while palm oil has anti aging, cleansing and moisturizing properties.

•It doesn’t dry out my skin after baths usually soaps tend to dry out the skin; I can rush out without a body moisturizer. 

•Leaves the skin squeaky clean.

•Lathers beautifully. I like my bath soaps to lather well.  I feel my baths are incomplete if my shower gels and soaps do not lather well.

•The soap longs for a while, I have bathed like for 6 consecutive days with the same soap and it hasn’t reduced a bit, it looks like a brand new bar to me, but if you leave it wet it may wash away like any other soap.

•Suits all skin types. 

Reasons to dislike the Saffron Handcrafted Soap by Earthy Goods:

•The fragrance of the soap doesn’t stay for long; it completely vanishes within 1-2 hours.

•I just wish they were easily available in all cities where we could personally see the products and pick them. 


Well I am eying their lipbalms and a few other soaps so, I will pick another variant of their soaps. 

I recommend to ladies who have an inclination to handmade soaps. You will love it. 
Overall it’s a feel good product!!


4/5 (-1 for the non availability of the product)

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Lotus Herbals unveils PHTYO-Rx BOTANICAL PRESCRIPTIONS – The future of Skin Care- Product Info!


At lotus Herbals, we firmly believe in providing naturally safe, professional care. That is exactly why we persistently employ the best of science to harness efficacy that only Nature can provide. This has resulted in an exceptional, revolutionary range of professional beauty products :

PHTYO-Rx – The future of Skin Care.

PHTYO-Rx is our new range of home care products that are primarily to be consumed as an extension to the Salon routine at home. It is a prescription based products and is the most effective, pure and safest organic home skin care formulation.

The entire PHTYO-Rx™ range employs POTENT ORGANIC FORMULATIONS that administer higher concentration of active botanicals in each product to provide safe and natural care effectively. Each of the products is FREE of Chemical PRESERVATIVES, ARTIFICIAL FRAGRANCE and COLOUR to provide you with the best of Nature.


As per recent scientific studies, a strong link has been observed amongst preservatives, especially PARABENS and health problems like breast cancer.
Add to this an ongoing scientific debate on continued use of preservatives leading to carcinogenicity and estrogenic effects.

Concern about endocrine disruptors and more has further reinforced the objective of lotus Herbals to come up with preservative free beauty solutions that give unbelievably marvelous results without making your health pay for it.


Using preservatives, artificial fragrances and colours in skin care products can often cause allergies especially if skin is extremely sensitive. In some cases skin may also develop rashes or itching because of Parabens present in the beauty products. In other cases, the allergic reaction may develop after long-term usage of products with Parabens.

At Lotus Herbals we adopt precautionary principles and believe in delivering only the safest product formulations.

PHYTO-Rx™ Daily Deep Cleansing Face Wash

PHYTO-Rx™ Daily Deep Cleansing Face Wash is infused with potent organic ingredients that deep cleanses skin’s pores without stripping it of its essential nutrients. Basil, Thyme & Turmeric provide a unique potent formula for good, healthy and blemish-free skin.

Active Ingredients:

Turmeric: Antiseptic, protects skin from daily damage. Removes microbes and pollutants

Thyme: Anti-bacterial, astringent; helps keep skin clear.

Basil: Protects from germs & bacteria, offers deep cleansing benefits.

Suitable : All Skin Type

How to Use:

Dampen face and neck. Place a small amount of Daily Deep Cleansing Face Wash on tips of fingers and gently lather into entire face (including the eye and neck area) using small circular movements Apply thoroughly all over the wet face and massage in circular. Rinse with clear water. Following with PHYTO-Rx Skin Brightening & Clarifying Essence for best results.

PHYTO-Rx™ Clarifying & Soothing Toner

PHYTO-Rx™ Clarifying and Soothing Toner is made with the purest and most potent holistic plant extracts that calm, revive and hydrate the skin with pure botanical waters. This unique formula instantly invigorates while restoring essential moisture for healthy-looking skin.

Active Ingredients:

Neem: Antiseptic, removes microbes, pollutants, balances pH & regulates excess oil secretion

Witch Hazel Extract: a natural astringent, & great antioxidant.

Cucumber: cooling, healing and soothing

Suitable: All Skin type

How to Apply:

After cleansing, moisten a cotton pad with PHYTO-Rx Clarifying and Soothing Toner and massage gently over face and neck to prepare it for moisturizer or other treatments. Follow it with PHYTO-Rx Skin Brightening & Clarifying Essence for best results.

PHYTO-Rx™ Deep Moisturizing Crème

PHYTO-Rx™ Deep Moisturizing Crème instantly replenishes moisture in areas where the skin needs it most. Its long-lasting, hydro-soothing effect is due to its effective organic ingredients that act at the very core of moisture reserve in skin by correcting and treating the causes of dehydration. It helps skin regains its suppleness thus improving the texture while making it appear radiant and healthy.

Active Ingredients:

Chamomile: Soothing, anti-irritant, anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant properties

Soya Extracts: Emollient, revitalizing and high intrinsic phytoestrogen content

Apple Juice: Rich in vitamins and helps in balancing the extra moisture in skin.

Suitable: Normal to Dry Skin Type

How to use:

After Cleansing & toning apply in dots all over face and neck. Smoothen till skin absorbs it. Before stepping out in the sun, apply in combination with Phyto-rx Herbcomplex Daily Protective Lotion Or Phyto-rx Sunscreen. Can be used as often as required, morning and / or evening.

PHYTO-Rx™ Herbcomplex Daily Protective Lotion SPF 15

An everyday moisturizing sun protector with SPF-15 that not only locks essential moisture but also works as defense system for the skin by protecting it from ill-effects of the sun, wind, UV radiation and heat. It helps heal minor rashes and sun burns while moisturizing skin.

Active Ingredients:

Babuna: Soothing, Antiseptic and astringent

Kumari: Antibacterial and moisturizing

Genhu: Regenerative and antioxidant

Gulab: Soothing, new cells renewal and astringent

Suitable: Normal to Oily Skin type

How to Use:

Apply generous quantity on face, neck and all exposed areas. Spread all over evenly

PHYTO-Rx™ Skin Brightening Exfoliator

PHYTO-Rx™ Skin Brightening Exfoliator helps improve tone and texture of skin. Also it clarifies skin while making it brighter and radiant skin. Its unique formula endowed with Almond meal, Cranberry and rice gently exfoliates and removes complexion-dulling impurities while cleansing skin.

Active Ingredients:

Almond Meal: Gentle exfoliator and nourisher

Cranberry Extract: Anti-oxidant, supplies essential nutrients.

Suitable: All Skin type

How to use:

Moisten face & neck. Apply PHYTO-Rx Skin Brightening Exfoliator in dots all over and massage with wet fingers in circular movement clock wise and anti-clock wise direction for 3-5 minutes, more on the blackheads (avoid rubbing on pimples). Rinse well and pat dry. Follow with PHYTORx Skin Brightening & Clarifying Essence for best results.

Treatment Regimen for Anti-Blemish

PHYTO-Rx™ Anti-Blemish Crème

Daily AM routine will be same as per Skin type, but in PM regimen After Cleansing & toning we will apply

A unique formulation containing precious herbal & botanical extracts that helps to remove blemishes & acne scars, lightens pigmentation.

Its blemish fighting ingredients is safe for sensitive skin. It is a complete treatment which helps restore skin's balance and clears blemishes while preventing
appearance of future discoloration.

Active Ingredients and its functions:

Papaya Enzymes: Lightens blemishes, pigmentation patches and dark spots.

Carrot Oil: Regenerating and toning effects

Manjistha: Anti-bacterial properties, helps control minor itching and irritation.

How to Use:

After cleansing & toning apply in dots all over face and neck focusing on pigmented areas.Smoothen till skin absorbs it. Can be used at any time of the day. For best results use before going to bed at night . Before stepping out in the sun, apply in combination with PHYTO-Rx™ HERBCOMPLEX Daily protective lotion or PHYTORx™ Sunscreen.

Treatment Regimen for Anti-Ageing

PHYTO-Rx™ Anti-Blemish Crème

Daily AM routine will be same as per Skin type, but in PM regimen After Cleansing & toning we will apply

Its innovative formula with a powerful combination of herbal extracts that accelerate the cell renewal process, effectively reduces the depth of fine lines and wrinkles on the face and creates greater amounts of collagen. Also, it adds surface hydration for smoothness and collagen protein for a healthier cellular matrix.

Active Ingredients;

Bilberry Fruit Extract: Rich source of Vitamin C, astringent, anti-inflammatory and antiseptic

Green Tea Extract: Powerful anti-oxidant and reduces the harmful effects of UV exposure.

Fenugreek Extract: Renews skin’s vitality & firmness and aids collagen production.

Suitable: All skin type

How to use:

After cleansing & toning apply in dots all over face and neck. Smoothen till skin absorbs it. Before stepping out in the sun, apply in combination with PHYTORx™ HERBCOMPLEX Daily protective lotion or PHYTORx™ Sunscreen. Can be used as often as required, morning and / or evening.

Treatment Regimen for Acne

PHYTO-Rx™ Clarifying Pimple & Acne Crème

Daily AM routine will be same as per Skin type, but in PM regimen After Cleansing & toning we will apply

A proven tool in treating acne, open and congested pores. PHYTO-Rx Clarifying pimple & Acne Crème is made of holistic plant extracts that includes Sage, Thyme, Clove and Tea Tree which have excellent pimple & acne-fighting properties.

Active Ingredients:

Thyme: Antibacterial and astringent properties

Tea Tree & Clove Oil: Antiseptic properties, gives deep cleansing and helps cure acne

Sage Extract:
A potent anti-oxidant and anti-irritant with anti-bacterial properties.

Suitable: Pimple & Acne prone skin type

How to use:

After gently cleansing face with PHYTORx Daily Deep Cleansing face Wash, take some crème on finger tips and apply on affected area gently. Follow morning and evening routine.

Regimen for Complexion Enhancing & Glow

PHYTO-Rx™ Skin Brightening & Clarifying Essence

Daily AM routine will be same as per Skin type, but in PM regimen After Cleansing & toning (or as per requirement) we will apply Phyto-Rx Skin Brightening & Clarifying Essence is a potent organic formulation of plant based actives that helps make skin even toned. Its innovative formula rich with deep penetrating ingredients works from within and gives skin flawless radiance.

Active Ingredients:

Lemon Oil: Anti-oxidant, anti-bacterial, skin freshener and sebum balancing agent.

Grape Seed Oil: Revitalizes, Rehydrates, nutrient rich elixir restores and maintains the pH-balance of skin.

Liquorice Extract: Brightens and Lightens the complexion, shields skin from heat, dust and other invasive external agents.

Suitable: All Skin type

How to Use:

Every AM and PM, after toning with PHYTORx™ Clarifying and Soothing Daily Toner, apply liberally all over face, neck and hands. Using upward strokes smoothen on skin and massage till absorbed. Can be used as often as required. Before stepping out in the sun, apply in combination with PHYTORx™ Herbcomplex Daily protective lotion or PHYTORx™ Sunscreen.

PHYTO-Rx™ Eye Contour Rejuvenating Crème

An exclusive eye contour crème targeting the 5 major eye skin problems, under-eye dark circles (non-genetics), crow’s feet, under –eye puffiness, de-hydration and fine lines.

Active Ingredients:

Hydrolyzed Wheat protein:
Diminishes under-eye lines & crow’s feet

Vitamin A: helps reduce Dark circles, Crow's feet, Fine lines, Under-eye bags & Under-eye Dehydration.

Suitable: for Dark Circles 9non-genetic), Crow’s feet, fine lines, puffiness & dehydration.

How to use:

Gently dab Phyto-Rx Eye Contour Rejuvenating Crème around the eye area (avoid getting the crème in the eye). Gently massage using a light circular motion until it is absorbed in the orbital eye area. Can use under make-up or alone. Use regularly every morning and evening for best result.

Here's the price list:

PHYTORx™ Daily Deep Cleansing Face Wash (80g ) – Rs 145

PHYTORx™ Clarifying and Soothing Daily Toner (100ML) - Rs 195

PHYTORx™Skin Brightening Exfoliator (100g ) – Rs 225

PHYTORx™ Herbcomplex Protective Lotion (100ML ) – Ra 225

PHYTORx™ Skin Smoothening & Deep Moisturising Crème ( 50Gms) -Rs 345

PHYTORx™ Anti-Blemish Crème (50Gms) – Rs 395

PHYTORx™ Anti-Ageing Crème (50Gms) – Rs 395

PHYTORx™ Skin Brightening & Clarifying Essence (60ML)-Rs 425

PHYTORx™ Pimples & Acne Clarifying Crème (20g) - Rs 225

PHYTO-Rx™ Eye Contour Rejuvenating Crème (15 gms) – Rs 295

Looks interesting? What are you eying on?

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New Lakmé Sun Expert Cucumber & Lemongrass Fairness Sunscreen Range- Product Info

New Lakme Fairness Sunscreen Range!
-With goodness of Cucumber and Lemongrass

Lakme has come out with a a break-through innovation in sun care- Lakmé Sun Expert Cucumber & Lemongrass Fairness Sunscreen range . These dermatologist-approved products offers broad spectrum sunscreen that gives you 97% protection from harmful effects of the sun. The sunscreens range from SPF 20 to SPF 50 and PA+, PA++ and PA+++ includes specific sunscreens for dry, oily and normal skin. Lakmé has also introduced Sun Expert Fairness Body Sunscreen Lotion with SPF 24 PA ++.

The new Lakmé Fairness Sunscreen Cucumber & Lemon Grass After Sun range offers a Skin Lightening Gel, Skin Lightening Mask, and Skin Lightening Face wash.

Just stepping out till the neighborhood café? Only going to be out in the sun till you enter your car? Enjoying drinking your morning tea by the window? Ever think about how even two minutes in the sun can damage your skin? Spots, wrinkles, uneven skin tone and tanning can all start with just two minutes in the sun.

UV Radiation from the sun is the chief cause of Sunburn, and other severe skin concerns like melanoma, melasma and photoaging. UVB rays cause sun burn, which can be tackled by use of sunscreen (SPF content). UVA rays on the other hand are more damaging biologically. It can cause not just tanning, but wrinkling & leathering (photo aging), pigmentation and premature skin aging. To prevent this, you need a product with a good PA content.

Keeping both these concerns in mind, Lakmé offers a break-through innovation in sun care that is dermatologist-approved. The new Lakmé Sun Expert Cucumber & Lemongrass Fairness Sunscreen range offers broad spectrum sunscreen that gives you 97% protection from harmful effects of the sun. The sunscreens range from SPF 20 to SPF 50 and PA+, PA++ and PA+++ includes specific sunscreens for dry, oily and normal skin. Lakmé has also introduced Sun Expert Fairness Body Sunscreen Lotion with SPF 24 PA ++.

The new Lakmé Fairness Sunscreen Cucumber & Lemon Grass After Sun range offers a Skin Lightening Gel, Skin Lightening Mask, and Skin Lightening Face wash.

Dr.Wadhwani, Cosmetologist says “Exposure to the sun plays a pivotal role in causing age spots, sun-spots, wrinkles, changes in skin texture and skin cancers due to the harmful UV rays of the sun. UVA and UVB rays are harmful rays, both cause severe sun damage. While UVA rays penetrate more deeply into the skin and play a great role in premature ageing, it is also responsible for causing skin cancers. Therefore in addition to protecting your skin from the effects of UVB rays which pre-dominantly cause sun tan and sun burns it is highly recommended to look for a sunscreen which offers UVA protection as well.”

Dr Wadhwani goes on to share her views about new Lakmé Fairness Sunscreen range, “The Lakmé Sun Expert is a broad spectrum sunscreen that protects the skin from both UVA and UVB Rays that give upto 97% protection from sun damage. It also contains protective vitamins and rich anti oxidants such as cucumber and lemongrass, to heal and repair sun damage. Both cucumber and lemongrass act as cooling agents to the skin- and heal the inflammation post sun damage and provide a calming effect to the skin.”

What new about the Lakmé Sun Expert range

• Broad Spectrum Protection
o Lakmé Fairness Sunscreens are broad spectrum sunscreens, which means it ahs SPF and PA+++
 SPF fights against UVB rays that cause sunburn
 PA+++ blocks out UVA rays that cause tanning, premature aging, sun spots and pigmentation
• Makes Skin Lighter
o Its protects you from harmful effects of the sun and also makes the skin lighter with regular use
• Heals you Skin
o The protective vitamins and anti-oxidants in cucumber and lemon grass help to heal and repair past sun damage
• Complete range
o Offers a complete range from SPF 24, 30, 50 and PA+, PA++ and PA+++
• Dermatologically Recommended
• Hypoallergic
• Non comedogenic

Lakme Sun Expert SPF 24 PA+++- for all skin types.

Broad spectrum UV protection

SPF 24 protects the skin from UVB rays

PA++ protects the skin from the major contributor to skin damage, UVA rays.

Daily sunscreen formulation with antioxidant-rich ingredients such as cucumber, lemon grass extracts and Vitamin B3 to protect your skin and correct past sun damage, dark spots and pigmentation

Available in 100ml for Rs 170/-, 55ml for Rs 95/ and 20gm for Rs 49/-

Lakme Sun Expert SPF 30 PA+- For oily skin

Broad spectrum UV protection

Keeps your skin looking fresh and oil-free

PA+ shields the skin from the harmful UVA rays

SPF 30 protects the skin from UVB rays

Lightweight, non- oily sunscreen with mineral clay for superior oil control and vitamin rich ingredients such as cucumber and lemon grass extracts to protect the skin and correct past skin blemishes

Regular usage makes your skin many shades lighter

Available in 100ml for Rs 250/-, 55ml for Rs 175/ and 20 gms for Rs 69/- MRP

Lakme Sun Expert SPF 30 PA+++- for dry skin

Complete skin defense against harmful UV rays

Keeps skin hydrated

The radiation blocker SPF 30, blocks up to 90% of the harmful UVB rays.

PA++ blocks out harmful UVA rays that cause melanoma, darkening of the melanin in the skin and other skin problems.

Packed with lemon grass and cucumber extracts that moisturize and lighten the skin
Nourishes skin, leaving it even-complexioned and glowing

Available in 100 ml for Rs 275/-, 55 ml for Rs 195/-

Lakme Sun Expert SPF 50 PA+++ - For expert sun protection

Dermatologically Tested


High performance sunscreen that gives complete UV protection, no matter how strong the rays are

SPF 50 gives 97% skin protection from UVB rays

PA +++ keeps skin completely safe from harmful UVA rays

Cucumber and lemon grass extracts moisturize the skin and make it glow even more
Available in 50ml for Rs 250/- and 30ml for Rs 350/-

Lakme Sun Expert Body Lotion with SPF 24 PA++ - For all skin types

Broad spectrum UV protection for your body

SPF 24 protects the skin from UVB which cause sunburns

PA++ protects the skin from harmful UVA rays that cause dark spots, premature aging and tanning.

Enriched with antioxidant rich ingredients such as aloe vera and orange flower extracts that corrects past sun damage and dark spots and helps reveal fairer and more even skin tone.

200ml: MRP Rs 225/-

Lakme Sun Expert after Sun Skin Lightening Gel

Light, cooling, moisturising gel that fights harsh damage

Lightens sun tan, uneven skin tone and corrects blemished skin

Packed with cucumber and lemon grass extracts

Provides total hydration, leaving skin radiant at all times

Available in 50 gm for Rs 145/-

Lakme Sun Expert After sun skin lightening mask

Easy rinse-off mask that soothes tanned skin and brightens it

Natural clay fights sun darkening and lighten skin with regular usage

Infused with cucumber and lemon grass extracts that detoxify and soothe the skin, leaving it soft, clean and tingling fresh.

Available in 50gm: Rs 150/-

Lakme Sun Expert After Sun Skin Lightening Face Wash

Specially formulated with UV filters and anti-tan skin soothing ingredients

Cleanses and soothes sun exposed skin

Deep cleanses each pore

Infused with cucumber and lemon grass

Protects and soothes skin from common forms of skin irritation post sun exposure, leaving it soft, tingling fresh and clean.

Available in 100g for Rs 135/- and 50g for Rs 75/-

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